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Cougar basketball gets first win under Simmons

Patrick Koger wins the tipoff against Wade Hampton. Photo by Cindy Crosby

The Cougar basketball team opened their regular season on Tuesday, December 1, under new head coach, Maurice Simmons. Colleton County would lose to the Red Devils 50-47, after trailing 33-15 at the half. “With less than 30 seconds on the clock, we hit a three-pointer,” said Simmons. “If we would’ve played the first half as well as the second, it would have been a different outcome.”

Colleton Country traveled to Goose Creek on Friday, December 4, losing 74-40 to the Gators. “We just got out-hustled,” admitted Simmons. “We had too many turnovers and missed layups. We played as if our body was there, but mind wasn’t. We have to focus our attention on bettering our defense and not giving up easy baskets. We just can’t give up more points than we score.”

Traveling to Estill on Saturday, December 5, the Cougars would earn their first win of the season, 69-50. Leading scorer for the Cougars was Tristan Nieves with 23 points and four rebounds. Also getting on the board: Justin Williams (6), Bellamy (6), Karl Levine (16) and Dee Ferguson (16). Williams had 12 rebounds in the game, while Ferguson collected five and Nieves had four.

Earning his first win as the Cougars new head coach, Maurice Simmons was pleased with the effort he saw on the court. “I’m very proud of how the guys played tonight,” acknowledged Simmons. “They played with a passion and a purpose. The puzzle is just about complete, but we still have a lot of work to do. We must continue to build towards our goal.”

The Cougars will play Estill at home Friday, December 8 for Homecoming. Colleton County is now 1-2 on the regular season.

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